I love on-line shopping and that’s no exaggeration. Part of the reason I started this blog, apart from career aspirations of making a living from writing, is that I could, and do, spend morning, noon, and night in cyber space to satiate my deepest, darkest design desires. While I equally enjoy discovering unique treasures in beautifully designed boutiques the world over, there is a certain convenience to pulling together an inexhaustible selection of whatever your penchant of the week may be, at the mere click of a button. And all from the comfort of my armchair, bed, or balcony.
So it is with great excitement that I bring to you the latest of my internet shopping discoveries. Everything Begins is an exclusive, on-line boutique representing artisans and designers and their unique wares from around the globe. Some may be familiar names, but many are little known in the Australasian market. The majority are UK based, with Australia coming in at a close second, with a small number of European and American designers and artists, and one New Zealand designer Nga Waiata. It was difficult to narrow down just a few of my favourite pieces, but this selection gives a glimpse into the broad range of wares Everything Begins has to offer.
Clockwise from top left: 1 London illustrator Kristjana S Williams is the founded and owner of Carnaby Street boutique Beyond the Valley where I was first introduced to her work. This Icelandic born Central St Martin’s graduate is swiftly taking London by storm with her work on exhibition at top galleries around London including the V&A and the London Design Festival and an impressive client list including Libertys, Chanel, and Cole & Son.
2 Hertfordshire based Rug Maker, established by Richard Mathias & Julian Blair, have over 40 years experience between them in the rug industry. Official licence holder of the Royal Mail iconic postage stamp designs by Arnold Machin, Rug Maker has half a dozen different ‘stamps’ in various stunning colourways to make your own personal stamp on your home interiors.
3 100% Australian made, these beautiful linen cushions are screen printed using non toxic waterbased inks, are from White Horse Home. There’s nothing like a good old positive affirmation to start the day! This design is also available as a wall hanging.
4 I simply LOVE this fresh, grassy green! Herald in the spring time with this hand made Italian leather bag from Mimi. Mimi offers a range of elegant, understated, quality bags to hold your everyday essentials, travel necessities, and electronic devices. A timeless and worth while investment.
5 Lovingly hand crafted by Abigail Brown, these bird sculptures show exquisite attention to detail using new and found textiles and a mixture of hand and machine embroidery. Abigail works amidst other creatives at the Cockpit Arts in Central London where she creates an aviary of feathered friends, illustrates for children’s books, designs stationery, along with advertising work.
6 Designed by British creative duo Something From Us the ‘Wired’ table lamp is joined by their latest lighting design, a pendant which comes in a variety of fabric shades.
7 Although London studio We Love Kaoru was established a short four years ago by Central St Martin’s graduate, Kaoru Parry, her designs are grabbing the attention of design buffs the world over. Her diverse fine bone china ranges offer classic craftsmanship by artisans in the world renowned hub of fine potteries, Stoke-On-Trent, with a cool contemporary edge.
8 From the least likely source, come these heavenly luxury silk scarves. The man behind the Weston Scarves, Richard Weston, is an award-winning architect, landscape architect, and author. Bearing the forms, patterns, and colours found in nature, these stunning scarves are hand made on the banks of Lake Como, Italy – how divine!
9 A play on delicate broderie anglais, this leather necklace comes direct from the Milanese studio, House of Kami, run by two friends, one a textile designer, the other a brand and marketing manager.
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